05 April 2016

Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna Players Present: 'A Family Rising'
Unplugged for Share a Dream EP Launch
Shragh 6km Run/Jog/Walk
Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Daffodil Day
Portumna Workhouse
South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
Redwood National School
Killimor GAA
Portumna Senior Rugby

Portumna Castle & Gardens
Portumna Castle & Gardens, Co. Galway is open again to the public from 9.30am to 6pm daily, for the 2016 season.
Our Guides provide a FREE informative tour of the Castle and grounds, tailored to suit schools, various group interests and individual requirements. Experience the unique architecture of this great semi-fortified Manor House that is Portumna Castle and learn more of the powerful Anglo/Norman de Burgo/Burke family, who occupied it for generations. Visitors to the site will become familiar with Architecture, Archaeology, Restoration, Nature, People and Events from 17th Century through to the 19th Century.
For schools and family groups, we provide a fun educational quiz to amuse the children while learning to appreciate local history.
The 17th century Walled Kitchen Garden is blooming and well worth a visit for its tranquillity and colour.
Restoration works are on-going.
FREE Guided tour with admission ticket (subject to Guide availability). FREE admission and guided tour for all Primary and Secondary schools. FREE Wednesdays this season, April 6th, May 4th, September 7th and October 5th.
Upcoming FREE event, Sunday 10th April, 1-5pm, Celebrating the 1916 Rising: 'Claíomh' Living History Group, will present a display showing guns, elements of uniforms from IV, ICA and Cumann na mBan and domestic items of the period. Dave Swift from Claíomh will be on site throughout the afternoon to demonstrate and discuss the collection. All Welcome.
Portumna Castle is surrounded by the town’s local attractions and amenities, Contact: Tel 090 9741658, email: portumnacastle@opw.ie, www.facebook.com/portumnacastle.


Portumna Players Present: 'A Family Rising'
“A Family Rising” by G O’ Connor. A drama concerning a brother and sister from East Galway. Mary is sent at a young age to the Magdalene laundry in Galway. After a time she is rescued by her brother, Seamus who takes her to Dublin. Both become embroiled in the harrowing events of 1916. Mary is imprisoned but Seamus manages to make good his escape to New York, where he gains prominence in the banking world. His work takes him back to Ireland where he is reunited with his sister but with unexpected consequences.


Unplugged for Share a Dream EP Launch
Unplugged for Share a Dream is a charity EP created by Martha Tuohy (15) and Eric Flaherty (17) two second-level students from Portumna, County Galway.
Share a Dream is a charity close to Martha and Eric hearts. Eric’s little sister Davina, diagnosed with a brain tumour and Hydrocephalus in 2013, was lucky enough to be in receipt of a Dream (and a Child of Courage Award) in 2014. After seeing how much Share a Dream did to make one little girl smile during a very difficult time in her life, Eric and Martha wanted to do something to help raise funds for other ill children who deserve to have their dreams come true.
The EP was launched on March 27th with an evening of musical entertainment in O'Meara's Portumna. Martha and Eric gave an accomplished performance of the 6 songs from the EP, with some help from their musical friends around the community. This was a very special night with the friends, family and sponsors turning out to support the young teens. There were some very touching moments during the performances; the crowd joining in to softly sing along with All I Want, the rousing rendition of You Raise me Up and the raucous end to the night as the audience clapped and sang along with Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.
        The EP costs just €6 and is available in local shops in Portumna as well as online on iTunes and Google Play. For more information check out the Unplugged Facebook Page www.facebook.com/unpluggedforshareadream.


Shragh 6km Run/Jog/Walk
Shragh 6km Run/Jog/Walk will take place on Sunday 17 April at 1pm. Starting and finishing at Shragh Community Centre, Shragh, Woodford. Registration 12.00pm – 12.45pm. Suitable for all levels of fitness. Entry: Adults €10/Children €5 with Family Discounts. FREE entry with Sponsorship Card (Minimum €10 per card). Digital Clock at Start/Finish. Refreshments afterwards. All proceeds for upkeep and maintenance of Shragh Community Centre. For Sponsorship Cards and Enquiries Phone Mary @ 087 6152668.


Portumna 79 Bridge Club
Easter Competition, Wednesday 23 March - 1st Anna Moore & Teresa Dillon, 2nd Patricia Claffey & Paddy Kelly, Joint Gross Bernie Larkin & Charlie Mullen & Patricia Eames & Patsy Hanbury, 4th Frances Mc Crory & Mary Connolly, 5th John Craig & Anne Neville, 6th Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, 7th Florence Mc Namara & Bertie Hanlon, 8th Pauric Murray & Sean Murray, 9th Cepta Ryan & Mary Nevin.
Wednesday 30 March 2016 - 1st John Conroy & Tony Ryan, 2nd Marian Molloy & Joan Ryan, Gross Pauline Mc Keon & Teresa Cunningham, 3rd Patricia Claffey & Charlie Mullen, 4th Carmel Mc Glacken & Tom Mc Glacken.


Daffodil Day
Thanks to all who supported Daffodil Day in Portumna and Killimor. The amount gathered was Euro 2,767-00. We are grateful to all the volunteers who gave of their time to support this worthy cause.


Portumna Workhouse
On Wed.13 April at 8 p.m., there will be an open forum in the workhouse, to discuss the next phase of work. Come along if you have ideas, would like to help out or just to lend your support to the project. All welcome. Refreshments served.


South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society
The next SEGAHS lecture takes on Thursday, April 21st, at 7:30pm at the Irish Workhouse Centre. Focusing on big house destruction, the lecture will be given by our good friend Professor Terry Dooley - Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates.
Secondly, if anyone has any articles for our Summer Newsletter I’d be grateful if you could forward them in the next week or so. Sincere thanks to all of those who have forwarded articles already.


Redwood National School
A talk on 'Mental Health & Well being' will take place in Redwood NS on Wednesday, 6th April at 7.30p.m and on 'Anti-bullying and Cyber-bullying' which will take place on Wednesday, 10th May at 7.30p.m. Both courses are free of charge and are being led by the NPC (National Parents Council) All are welcome to attend. Contact the school on 090 9747186 for any queries.
Redwood NS Annual Fundraiser: We are holding our annual buffet dance in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday, 9th April at 9.30pm. Music by Pat & Richie. Raffle for hamper and spot prizes. Tickets are now being sold by the parents and will also be available on the night. All support much appreciated.


Killimor GAA
Last week’s lotto numbers were 4, 6, 17, and 26. The 5 lucky dips were Anita Deeley/Greg Kirwan, Breda Lyons, Mary Headd, Sean & Rita Treacy and Áine Smyth. Next week’s draw is £6300 in Duffy’s.


Portumna Senior Rugby
Portumna hosted Westport in the Connacht League J2 semi-final last Sunday in front of the biggest crowd seen at the Castle Avenue pitch in years.
The first half was full of endeavour from the home team with Paddy Dolphin and Conor O’Sullivan catching the eye in the backs and Ciaran Comerford leading the charge in the pack. Portumna went close on a number of occasions but were just not able to pierce a solid Westport defence with semi-final anxiety no doubt playing their part. Portumna must have been wondering how with all their dominance they only had 3 points on the board thanks to a Gavin O’Toole penalty.
The second half was a much more even affair with both teams failing to get through solid defences. Portumna’s forwards were working really hard with captain John Murphy being ably abetted by Justin Broderick, Niall Finnerty and the very busy Michael Harding, it looked like it was only a matter of time before they scored a try.
However, it was Westport who took the initiative working a good try with less than 10 minutes remaining, sucking in the Portumna defence which allowed them to create space on the outside of the Portumna left flank and score in the corner. Although the try was not converted, it gave Westport the lead at 5-3, which put pressure back on Portumna. It was great credit to Portumna that even though they were visibly nervous at times they kept their composure and worked a penalty opportunity thanks to the quick thinking of Cormac Power who's persistence at the breakdown forced the Westport player to concede a penalty with less than 3 minutes remaining. The penalty was very coolly slotted over by Gavin O’Toole to huge roars of relief as much as anything else from the vocal crowd. Portumna held on for a very hard fought but deserving 6-5 win.
The management team of Tony Flynn and Michael Brady can be rightly proud of their players, both on Sunday and throughout the season so far as they look to win the team’s first piece of silverware against either Corinthians or Carrick in the Final on Sunday 1 May.


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